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by firleymj
Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 23

Kona’s Diary Month 23 Dear Diary Quite a time since our last visit. I started the month by hurting my back right paw. I was marking some territory when another dog who was playing ran into me. All of a sudden my paw hurt really bad. I could feel it wasn’t a big hurt, but it sure was annoying. Somet...
by firleymj
Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 22

Kona’s Diary Month 22 Dear Diary I think I want more of Christmases! We had a lot of good fun and adventures. We did spend a lot of time in the car and the truck (more on that later), but Christmas smelled so good! Mark made a lot of food for himself and his human friends, but I got this really tas...
by firleymj
Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is it a good fit? (for me)
Replies: 5
Views: 611

Re: Is it a good fit? (for me)

First off, welcome to the Forum and thank you for your interest. Second, thank you for being responsible enough to ask rather than just go ahead. Now, my opinion - you don't want to miss a minute of raising one of these wholly remarkable dogs. I've owned a few dogs in my life, but a Tamaskan is quit...
by firleymj
Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Birthdays
Topic: Canine Birthdays!
Replies: 330
Views: 10831

Re: Canine Birthdays!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAWTHORNE YELLOWSTONE LITTER

Little half-brother Kona howls HAPPY BIRTHDAY to big brother Max, Raven, and all his kin!
by firleymj
Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 21

Kona’s Diary Month 21 Dear Diary It’s been a very exciting month here, with lots of stuff happening. There were other humans spending a lot of time in our kennel, doing something Mark calls “remodeling” our kennel. I know the place he calls a bathroom looks and smells a lot different. There were lo...
by firleymj
Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:51 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Wyoming!
Replies: 4
Views: 5989

Re: Hello from Wyoming!

Welcome

May your experience with Tamaskans be as rich and rewarding as ours.

Mark
Human custodian of Hawthorne James Watson {call name Kona}
by firleymj
Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: Captain Bob.......
Replies: 6
Views: 578

Re: Captain Bob.......

Miran I am so sorry for your loss. Though I did not know the good Captain (except through the fora) one of the things having a Tamaskan taught me is deepening realization that we are all "tiospaye" [A Lakota word that can be translated as "extended family"] To quote Donne: "No man is an Iland, intir...
by firleymj
Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: Requiescat in Pace: Krol Niebieski
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Requiescat in Pace: Krol Niebieski

It is with great sadness that I report that on Friday 5 December 2014 that my wonderful lovebird, Krol Niebieski, [King of the Heavenly Blue Skies] passed over the rainbow bridge. He was born in 1997, and came to our household in 1998. His cheerful chirping, constant acrobatics, and ceaseless kisses...
by firleymj
Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 20

Kona's Diary Month 20 I sometimes wonder about humans. Peoples do so much that’s just strange. I mean, they always mark their territory in the same places, then wash all that good smell away, or try to cover it up with other smells. What’s the point in that? They’re silly. And another thing, they h...
by firleymj
Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 19

Kona's Diary - Now at Month 19 It was a very busy month. So much to tell. The world is turning color again, from so many greens to yellows and grays. Mark says some of those colors are called “reds” but I guess we just don’t see things the same way as humans. The plants smell so dried up and used, ...
by firleymj
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Birthdays
Topic: AZDehlin!
Replies: 20
Views: 940

Re: AZDehlin!

Happy Belated Birthday

ARBA Jr.Ch., KCUSA Ch. Hawthorne James Watson (Kona)

and his human, Mark

Thank you beyond words for the wonderful gift of Zephyr from his son and his son's human!
20141014 Happy Birthday Kate.jpg
by firleymj
Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!
Replies: 9
Views: 10438

Re: Hi from the mountains of Virginia!

Welcome and well met

May you be as blessed with a Tamaskan as I have been. They are unique, wonderful, and wholly miraculous dogs

Mark

The human owned by Jr.Ch.(ARBA) Ch.(KCUSA) Hawthorne James Watson (call name Kona)
by firleymj
Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: Another Tamaskan song!
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Another Tamaskan song!

Sometimes, you just can't pass up an inspiration We Are Tamaskans (Adapted from Freddie Mercury and Queen, “We are the Champions”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDrkb8D7cLc I’ve gnawed my chews Time after time I’ve buried beef thighbones But committed no crime I’ve marked the trees With my dog dew...
by firleymj
Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: CJ from Providence!
Replies: 7
Views: 8663

Re: CJ from Providence!

Taŋyáŋ yahípi - Welcome to you all!
by firleymj
Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Me and my Shadow
Replies: 5
Views: 7043

Re: Me and my Shadow

Welcome!!!

May you and (your) Shadow be blessed with a long and happy time together.

Mark (Kona's human)
by firleymj
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Good morning!
Replies: 11
Views: 10736

Re: Good morning!

Hello and Welcome I'd like to echo the comments above and add a small bit - I have a townhouse with a tiny fenced yard, but we do back onto a lot of parkland. If you're prepared to walk them a couple of hours a day and to provide other play areas/activities, you can still have a healthy and happy do...
by firleymj
Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: Hans Stewart - playmate and friend
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: Hans Stewart - playmate and friend

Thank you for caring. I found this prayer recently and offer it for all who find themselves so situated: Heavenly Father, we come today to return to you the life you entrusted to us in our faithful companion and servant _Name of Pet_ Receive we ask You, their spirit into your company for eternity, a...
by firleymj
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 18

Kona’s Diary – Month 18 Another whole month gone by. It almost doesn’t seem like it. Some of those muggies came back. I was really miserable in all the heat and the wet air. Mark had to bring extra water when we walked – I don’t remember having to drink that much along the way for a long while. The...
by firleymj
Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: Hans Stewart - playmate and friend
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Hans Stewart - playmate and friend

It is with sorrow that I write of the passing of Kona's first playmate outside his kennel family, "Hans" Stewart, an old-fashioned German Shepherd from metastatic cancer, which he bravely battled for more than five years with the help of his family. Hans was a bright, happy dog who loved to play and...
by firleymj
Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 17

Kona’s Diary – Month 17 Mark’s been a little late getting this out, mostly because that thing he calls “work” has been really hard on him this last month. I nudge him about it, but I don’t want him to get more worried. The weather’s been really good, we haven’t have had any more of those “muggies” ...
by firleymj
Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:04 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey guys! Greetings from MD!
Replies: 24
Views: 17919

Re: Hey guys! Greetings from MD!

Ana

There's another Montgomery County Tam, Hawthorne James Watson (alias Kona < Lakota "Friend")

Feel free to reply here and if you want I can PM you -

We'd love to meet up - this brings our local population to 5! (It's raining Tamaskans here) -

Love to your two

Mark
by firleymj
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:11 am
Forum: Birthdays
Topic: balto13!
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: balto13!

Sorry to be a little late, but better late than never, I hope.
May your year be blessed with a Tamaskan's worth of joy.
Mark
by firleymj
Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Birthdays
Topic: Hawthorne!
Replies: 41
Views: 1378

Re: Hawthorne!

Happy, Healthy Birthday

Oh, how I owe you!

Mark
by firleymj
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Puppy temperament testing and puppy selection
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Puppy temperament testing and puppy selection

OK, I can only speak from personal experience with ONE Tam (so far :o ) Hawthorne Tamaskan did a remarkable job having the pups tested and recommending a dog for me. I will admit that for a lot of reasons, I didn't get my original choice, but I will tell you that after a 16 months I can't imagine I ...
by firleymj
Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Hawthorne Astrila "Ruuq"
Replies: 9
Views: 880

Re: Hawthorne Astrila "Ruuq"

May she be blessed with mom's disposition and her father's looks
May she be blessed with health and safety
May she be blessed with progeny come safely into the world
May she be blessed in her choice of owners

Love,
Her brother Kona
by firleymj
Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 16

Kona’s Diary – Month 16 It’s been a busy month here. The days seem really long and we can get a lot of play time in, especially when we go to the park. The weather’s been cooler, even more around dark, and that makes me feel a whole lot better. I found out there’s a way I can make Mark really happy...
by firleymj
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: A trip to the casino
Replies: 0
Views: 479

A trip to the casino

Over the July 4 weekend, we took a trip to a local casino for a bit of down time. Had fun, won a little (not enough to pay for dog food, but didn't come home down money, either - I think of it as a good trip. While we were there, we couldn't help but notice one new form of slot machine: 20140704 Wil...
by firleymj
Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Real Life Shows & Events
Topic: North American Tamaskan Sled Dog Gathering 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1386

Re: Tamaskan Sled Dogging Gathering 2015 interest

Kona would love to meet up with his dad! :)
:D
by firleymj
Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 15

20140521_180606 Kona Breaks the Warp Barrier (small).jpg
Kona Breaks the Warp Barrier :lol:
by firleymj
Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from PA!
Replies: 3
Views: 6445

Re: Hello from PA!

Sam

Welcome! And may your experience with the breed be as wonderful as mine has.

Only one caution: there are puppy mill breeders claiming to have Tamaskans, there are folks who can fill you in on that whole scene. But for now, just a simple

Well met

Mark
by firleymj
Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Tamaskan owner North Bay On
Replies: 7
Views: 8010

Re: New Tamaskan owner North Bay On

Welcome, and may your days with your Tam be as blessed as mine have been!
by firleymj
Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 15

Kona's Diary - Now at Month 15 Wow! Another whole month? OK. Slow down, pant a little, now circle three times and lie down. OK. So much going on. It started out when I was walking with Mark along the park land behind our kennel. Almost out of nowhere, two squirrels were chasing each other in front ...
by firleymj
Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from North Carolina
Replies: 4
Views: 7456

Re: Greetings from North Carolina

Welcome to our pack!

May your time with your pup be as full of happiness and wonder as mine has (smile)

Mark - the human owned by Hawthorne James Watson [Kona]
by firleymj
Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Maryland!!
Replies: 4
Views: 6644

Re: Hello from Maryland!!

Welcome, and two local tamaskans welcome you!
by firleymj
Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: Yet another Tamaskan song!
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Yet another Tamaskan song!

During the June 2014 American Rare Breed Association show, there were some moments spent waiting for our dogs to enter the rings. Moments that combine a little tension and a little boredom can create a situation with me, as song parodies come to mind. Accordingly, I share this take on a 80s pop hit ...
by firleymj
Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Light masking
Replies: 80
Views: 4124

Re: Light masking

Handsome. Enjoy the ultra cute year you're having. When they grow up they become merely magnificent and a source of pride and joy. :lol:

Mark (owned by Hawthorne James Watson, call name Kona)
by firleymj
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Member Photos
Topic: My pack!!! I, Midas, Avon, Leeloo, Lobo
Replies: 13
Views: 976

Re: My pack!!! I, Midas, Avon, Leeloo, Lobo

What a handsome pack!
by firleymj
Tue May 27, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Fort Drum!
Replies: 5
Views: 6443

Re: Hello from Fort Drum!

Welcome to our pack! I can only hope that your experience with your Tamaskan will be as wonderful as mine has been to date. 14 months and counting of life affirming, life changing DOG! Mark, who is owned by Hawthorne James Watson [call name Kona] and I think I got that relationship right! (smile)
by firleymj
Thu May 22, 2014 4:07 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 4
Views: 6285

Re: Hello Everyone

Warning: Being owned by a Tamaskan is a life-changing, life-affirming experience.

Hoping that yours is as wonderful as mine has been.

Mark [owned by Hawthorne James Watson] and contributor to Kona's diary

http://www.tamaskan-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4255
by firleymj
Wed May 21, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Breeding Planned: Freyja x Arrow 2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1862

Re: Breeding Planned: Freyja x Arrow 2014

Tracy, Ben

Give that girl extra love from her son Kona and his owner!

Mark F.
by firleymj
Wed May 14, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 36
Replies: 76
Views: 5223

Re: Kona's Diary [Hawthorne James Watson] Now at Month 14Ko

Kona’s Diary – Month 14 I like Easters, they’re almost as tasty as birthdays. I got a couple of eggses, and yummy bacon, and a small piece of meat Mark called “ham” with my regular food. Mark tried to tell me that Easter was a day when humans remember their owner giving up everything to keep their ...
by firleymj
Thu May 01, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Rescue
Topic: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH

I should be clear on something - The owner of the dog in question is a person recently dispossessed as the result of an apartment fire. It may be that his first thought was "I have no where to live and for the good of my dog have to give her up." Then, as a result of the trauma or possibly an improv...
by firleymj
Thu May 01, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Kova (Tamrakar George)
Replies: 42
Views: 2059

Re: Kova (Tamrakar George)

His cousin Kona howls hello and Kona's owner says "wow, he is a handsome one"
by firleymj
Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tamaskans are a Breed, Correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 1092

Re: Tamaskans are a Breed, Correct?

Tracy, Thanks for making clear what I intended to say, but clearly didn't get 100%. There are a number of GSDs close to my heart, and it really pains me to see what's been done with less than responsible breeding and a foolish devotion to the "judging standards." I meant to tar and feather only the ...
by firleymj
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Rescue
Topic: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH

Hi - was in touch with the owner, and he seems reluctant (reasonable enough in the circumstances) to part with her now. He's asserting she's not really a Tamaskan, but was legally classified as one on the grounds that the local jurisdiction had a breed category for "Tamaskan" and not for "hybrid" (I...
by firleymj
Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Rescue
Topic: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH

THANK YOU. It was on my list of "to dos" but we hadn't crossed that bridge yet. BUT HEY, GREAT REMINDER. [Maybe we should work up a list of clues for dogs that have questionable "paperwork" if any. For example, the two RPK dogs I've seen have very different shoulder musculature than a TDR dog, and d...
by firleymj
Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tamaskans are a Breed, Correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 1092

Re: Tamaskans are a Breed, Correct?

And it's not just my opinion (smile) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamaskan The Tamaskan Dog is a crossbred dog of sleddog type, originating from Finland, and as of 27 November 2013, has been recognized by the American Rare Breed Association, and the Kennel Club of the United States of America, two r...
by firleymj
Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Rescue
Topic: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH

Two households in the area will be going to see her today. I've volunteered to be a resource and have pointed them here and to real sources of info. Since most pups wouldn't survive separation at that age, I'm likely to think that "days" was meant to be "weeks" which would make a lot more sense. If ...
by firleymj
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Rescue
Topic: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: Indika (Tamaskan Dog) - Home Program - Hamilton, OH

PLEASE FORWARD DETAILS of this situation as soon as you can.

I know several families in the immediate (Butler County) area who are potential homes.

PM if you want.
by firleymj
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tamaskans are a Breed, Correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 1092

Re: Tamaskans are a Breed, Correct?

Warning: this is addressed from the perspective of a United States Tamaskan owner. In other legal jurisdictions, the dog registry situation may be somewhat different. The Tamaskan is a breed recognized by the American Rare Breed Association and the Kennel Club of the United States of America (ARBA/...